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FSD145 hallways empty as students dismiss early for heat

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School districts around the area keep cool by closing school. Freeport's school district dismissed it's students throughout the day.

"I'm sort of shocked."

I'm just glad they put the safety of the students first."

"But hey, I know how it gets in that high school building.  It's hot."

Parents reactions differed as they picked up their Freeport High students on Monday. This district announced one day before, dismissal would come early due to excessive heat expected early in the week.

Hallways normally buzzing with students are hushed. One alumnus remembers those hot days but can't recall ever being dismissed because of it.

"A few snow days... but not when it got hot," he said.

Another parent is thankful for the early dismissal.

"The heat index is really bad.  It's better when the kids are at home instead of being miserable in the building and I think that would take away from their studies."

And parents aren't the only ones adjusting, Freeport administrators do as well.

"Had to come up with some bell schedules and rearrange some career tech classes," explained Associate Principal of Curriculum Kaaryn Sadler.

Students had ways to find out when their classes would take place as well.

"Put it on every teacher's school board, you know on the board, the times we get out and what classes we go to."

And they didn't seem to mind all that much.

"First I didn't really believe it but then when I realized how hot it was in every class, I was really excited to go home," said senior Lucinda Eastlick.

Others chimed in.

"It's like, really hot, especially when you get on the third floor, it gets really hot."

"It was burning, it was hot as ever."

That's why teachers and administrators worked to keep the situation as cool as possible.

"My second floor classroom that I was in just now was so stuffy that you walked in the room and you couldn't breathe," said Eastlick.

"Make sure that everybody is hydrated and everybody is safe and things like turning off the lights," said Sadler.

Athletics practices are still taking place but at a later time, when temperatures drop.

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